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Greece Travel Guide|Greek Islands

The clear beaches with crystal waters, picturesque villages and impressive monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa looks like a painting on the rock make the island of Amorgos, one of the most beautiful Cycladic islands.

Amorgos is an elongated island, the easternmost of the Cyclades, southeast of Naxos, with steep mountainous topography. It features two natural ports, Katapola and Aegiali on the northern coast and has a population of 1,860 people.

The film of 1988 «The Big Blue» (Big Blue), by French director Luc Besson, was filmed in Amorgos and made the Greek Cycladic island and its beauties, known around the world.

The island's history begins in the Cycladic civilization (3200 - 2000 BC) and continues until the Roman and Byzantine times, while the 7th to the 10th century, Amorgos was tested by repeated raids by pirates, leading to ravage the coastal settlements of . In the 4th century the island kataleifthike by the Venetian fleet, followed Catalan and Turkish raids, and immediately joined the Amorgos in Greece during the War of 1821.

The Chora of Amorgos, the capital, is one of those who do not have sea, located in the inland, atop a cliff at an altitude of 350 meters around the Venetian Castle and overlooking a series of windmills located in the adjacent hill.

And without water, however, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of the Cyclades, with dozens of churches and chapels, with its white Cycladic houses, two-storey mansions, ornate arches and stone stairs with natural island décor pots with basil and bougainvilleas.

The country has also the Archaeological Museum and an impressive Roman aqueduct, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants with good taste and local delicacies.

The 'hanging' monastery and St. Anna

A little further away from the town, to the north is the impressive monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, "hung" on a rock at 300 meters above the stunning turquoise waters of the small beach of Agia Anna, at the point where the movie "The Big Blue ".

To visit the monastery dating from the 11th century, would have to ascend the path to the stairs to the monastery. But when you get there, the views and awe will dominate so much that you wish you ... ginosastan monks! The monks of the monastery, welcome guests with a glass of raki baked Amorgos, donuts and fresh water.

If you like hiking, follow the hiking trail to the Hozoviotissa Aigiali and see the old ascetics and unique caves chapels, but also Chalara deserted beach on the northeastern coast.

Aegiali and Katapola: the two ports and surrounding villages

The port of Chora, on the west coast, is Katapola, the best natural harbor in the Cyclades, surrounded by the settlements Katapola Xylokeratidi and Rachidi. The typical Cycladic architecture of the settlements, the crystal waters of the gulf and the plain with olive groves and fascinate the visitor.

Fifteen kilometers north of the country, is Aegiali port, the second seaport of the island and the three villages that were once ancient Aegiali (Tholaria, Langada and River). Three picturesque villages offer wonderful views over the bay and harbor, while in Tholaria, with traditional architecture, you can admire a spectacular sunset. In Amorgos, walks on the coastal walkway overlooking the sunset «must», as well as evening cocktails at the beach. From Langada or Tholaria opened interesting walks.

Starting from the main port, Katapola, apart from the beach you can swim in the Lower Cape in Maltese (accessible via trail or boat), the plates (by boat from Katapola), Saint Panteleimon and outside Bay, the Phoenicians and Sarande.
Photo: Maria Peteinaraki

On the opposite side, the east is the beach of Agia Anna (below the monastery) and the south sand and the spectacular pebble beach berry. In parts of Arkesini, it can swim in the waters of Paradise and Kalotaritissa while on the road before last, you will see the site that ran aground several years ago the cargo ship "Olympia," where now lies the corpse of rusty.

The southwestern tip of the island, you go by boat to the island Gramvousa the beautiful sandy beach where you can reach by boat from Kalotaritissa.

Going north you will find the sheltered bay of St. Paul, while at a distance of 300 meters, opposite St. Paul, you can swim in one of the two beaches Nikouria, arriving there by boat.
In Amorgos, except the main beach of fine sand, you will also discover smaller sandy beaches Fokiotrypa of Levroso (nudist beach), Psili Sand (by boat or by walking Aigiali) and Chochlaka. Further north there Aegiali wild, pristine beaches where access is very difficult with some walking or by boat, including Little and Great Vlychada, which can be reached from the village Tholaria and loose down the path that connects Hozoviotissa with Aigiali an hour walking around the village of River.

Besides the classic dishes of Mediterranean cuisine Amorgos is known for its rustic (beef baked with vegetables and cheese), cheese of the country (lamb or goat in the oven with herbs and tomato pasta) and Kalogirou (eggplant with beef , cheese and tomatoes in the oven). Also xerotigana (double), local honey and of course the well-known and beloved baked raki.
Photo: Maria Peteinaraki

By boat from Piraeus, bound Katapola or Amorgos. Amorgos is connected with the rest of the Cyclades islands, such as Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Tinos, Mykonos, Andros, Syros and the Dodecanese.